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Safaga is a favourite spot for sun bathers, and its water is known to have a high content of saline, which is said to be beneficial for the skin. Encircled by Makadi Bay, Soma Bay and Shahl Hashish - Safaga is also home to Tobia Arbaa and Tobia Hamra; these two chain reefs line the shore and make it an ideal spot for daily diving.The town is also popular for windsurfing and, in 1993, hosted the World Windsurfing Championships.


The largest and best-preserved Roman site in the Eastern Desert, Mons Claudianus, was once home to 1,000 quarrymen and soldiers. Today, visitors can still see remnants of the fortress, dwellings, workshops, stables, baths, broken granite columns and slabs. One column is a staggering 16 metres long and 2.4 metres wide, weighing 209 tons.

Fun in Safaga

Most dive sites are still unspoilt and can be reached by boat, less than one hour to the inner reefs and between one-and-a-half to two hours to the outer reefs.

There is something there to match all interests: manta rays at Sha’ab Saiman, the eel garden at Gamul Kabira, blue-spotted stingrays at Tobias, sharp drop-offs at Abu Kafan, the anemone city at Panorama Reef. And then there is the night dive at Sha’ab Sheer or confronting the huge Salem Express lying on its starboard side.

Safaga is also famed for Mons Claudianus. These fascinating ruins of a Roman settlement lie in the desert between the Red Sea and the Nile. For more than two centuries, from 68 AD to 282 AD, Mons Claudianus used the surrounding mountains to produce high quality columns and building blocks of grey granite known as granodiorite for the sole purpose of beautifying imperial Rome.

Relaxing in Safaga


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